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    The German minimum wage: an interview with IAB Director Joachim Möller

    20 July 2017

    5-Euro-Schein und MünzenAfter many years of debates, 2015 saw the introduction of a statutory minimum wage of € 8.50 per hour (€ 8.84 since 2017) in Germany. While opponents of the minimum wage predicted negative effects on employment, some advocates expected the number of wage earners depending on social basic benefits to decrease significantly due to the minimum wage. In an interview for the IAB-Forum, Joachim Möller, Director of IAB, explains to what extent these fears or hopes proved true.

    The full interview can be found in our magazine IAB-Forum.

    Stability of Functional Labour Market Regions

    20 July 2017

    The number of commuters and the distances of home-to-work travel have increased in recent decades. Based on a previous study that proposed a new approach for delineating functional labour market regions, this paper focuses on the temporal stability of delineations of labour market regions in Germany. In a comparison of the best delineations among pooled groups of three years beginning in 1993, regions are classified as core regions, related regions or overlapping regions. The main finding is that regions surrounding important labour market centres form stable labour markets. Over time, most employees belong to the same labour market region or parts of it.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 21/2016

    Digitalising the economy: The future of employment and qualification in Germany

    17 July 2017

    Mann im RechenzentrumThe new complex and intelligent digitalisation poses a significant challenge to the economies and the labour markets. In this context, Enzo Weber discusses in his article on the IAB online magazine the future of employment and changes in qualification requirements as well as policies for vocational and further training, social security and the coordination of flexibility. Weber provides a view on the development in Germany as a large Continental economy.

    The full article can be found in our magazine IAB-Forum.

    European unemployment insurance: finding the golden mean

    12 July 2017

    EU-Flaggen vor Gebäude Enzo Weber publishes an article on the concept of a European unemployment insurance on the IAB online magazine.

    The idea is to insure all Euorpean workers for unemployment in a common system. This aims at macroeconomically stabilising all of Europe. However, that does not necessarily require the invention of a new insurance. The same effect could also be achieved by a European backup budget, financed by the member states.

    You can find the full article in our magazine IAB-Forum

    What harmonised and registered unemployment rates do not tell

    11 July 2017
    The most commonly used statistical sources for the analysis of unemployment are registered unemployment (RU) at the national level and internationally harmonised unemployment data provided by the European Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS) ac-cording to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) standard. The logic behind both unemployment statistics is to count people "without work" only when they are “actively looking” and “available for work”.
    This methodological study provides an in-depth analysis of the discrepancies between registered unemployment (RU) and internationally harmonised unemployment (LFS-U) in a comparative view. For ten selected EU-countries (Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK) they show in which countries the registers are more restrictive than the survey and vice versa.

    IAB-Forschungsbericht 6/2017

    Knowledge at first click – IAB-Forum goes online

    30 June 2017

    IAB-Forum onlineLabour markets have become more international, more interlinked.  Many employees now expect that their work will take them abroad, to new labour markets.  Likewise, labour markets like ours in Germany require migration to meet the skills needs we have at home.  At the IAB, we see this internationalisation not only in research but also on a practical level. Interest in our research from foreign policymakers and experts used to be the exception; now it’s the norm. 

    For this reason, we want to offer you a bespoke international section in our new online magazine IAB-Forum: where you can access the latest English-language research and analysis in a way which is tailored to the interests of our international partners. It offers, among others, relevant basic information about the main features and developments of the German labour market.

    You will also find an interesting video interview with IAB director Joachim Möller about the reasons for the German job miracle.

    What makes employees satisfied with their working time?

    22 June 2017

    Working time arrangements are key elements of working conditions and determine the possibilities for employees to balance work with their other life spheres. Therefore, this paper examines the level of working time satisfaction of employees and identifies the factors that may facilitate or impede satisfaction with working time using crosssectional data from the German BIBB/BAuA-Employment Survey.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 20/2017

    The effect of broadband internet on establishments’ employment growth: evidence from Germany

    14 June 2017

    This study investigates the effects of local broadband internet availability on establishment-level employment growth. The analysis uses data for Germany in the years 2005-2009, when broadband was introduced in rural regions of Western Germany and in large parts of Eastern Germany. Technical frictions in broadband rollout are exploited to obtain exogenous variation in local broadband availability.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 19/2017

    Where Did All the Unemployed Go?

    12 June 2017

    The number of unemployed workers in Germany decreased dramatically from its peak in February 2005 at over 5.2 million to 3.6 million by 2008. At the same time, employment increased by 1.2 million. Most theoretical and empirical analyses of this episode assume that a worker leaving unemployment moves into full employment. We ask where the unemployed actually went. Using and merging two large micro data sets, we account for the decrease of unemployment by computing inflows and outflows between unemployment and 16 other labour market states.

    IAB-Discussion Paper 18/2017




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The publication series "Current reports" is now an integrated part of the online magazin IAB-Forum.